U.S. Patent No. PP35,001 P3 (‘001) issued on February 28, 2023 for “Blueberry Plant Named ‘C15-270’.” It was issued to inventors Jessica Scalzo & James W. Olmestead and applicants/assignees Costa Berry International Pty Ltd. of Ravenhall, Australia, and Florida Foundation Seed Producers, Inc., of Marianna, Florida. The ‘001 patent is a plant patent under 35 U.S.C. §161, which protects new and distinct cultivars of plants. According to the specification, the Latin name of the family, genus, and species are Ericaceae, Vaccinium, and corymbossum hybrid, respectively. The varietal denomination is ‘C15-270’ (MPEP 1601).
The following figure illustrates the new plant patent ‘001:
All plant patents have a 20 year term, and the ‘001 patent expires on January 26, 2042 (MPEP 2701).
The Cooperative Patent Classifications are A01H, new plants or non-transgenic processes for obtaining them; plant reproduction by tissue culture techniques, namely, fruits (5/08) and Ericaceae, e.g., azalea, cranberry, or blueberry (6/36).
Plant patents are a unique type of patents issued by the USPTO, although only a very small number (about 1%) are actually issued each year. For more information on I.P. protections for plants, including plant patents and plant variety protections, please contact Yonaxis I.P. Law Group.